This story was originally posted on Oct. 28, 2013.
Every culture has its big celebratory holidays. For Hindus one of these is Diwali, the “Festival of Lights.” Celebrated yearly in mid-autumn, the five-day holiday signifies the triumph of good over evil. Originating in India, the holiday was connected to the end of the harvest season when Indians would pray for a good new year. Families often take the holiday to clean out the home and welcome good into their lives.